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Natural-Fiber Rugs by Armadillo x House of Grey

On our radar this month: Armadillo’s “Ellipse” collection of rugs, designed in collaboration with London-based design studio House of Grey. Made from materials such as jute, New Zealand wool, and pure silk, the rugs evoke their natural origin through organic tones, forms, and textures. According to the designers, the goal of the collection is to create pieces that “nurture a gentler pace of life” – something we could all use at the moment. Let’s take a look. Photography courtesy of Armadillo. A...
Tags: Books, London, India, New Zealand, Umbra, Shopper's Diary, Rugs, Ilse Crawford, Natural Decor, Fabrics & Linens, Armadillo x House of Grey, House of Grey Made, Armadillo Foundation, Kantilal Vidya Mandir School, Palus


Researchers read centuries-old sealed letter without ever opening it

An international team of scholars has read an unopened letter from early modern Europe — without breaking its seal or damaging it in any way — using an automated computational flattening algorithm. The team, including MIT Libraries and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers and an MIT student and alumna, published their findings today in a Nature Communications article titled, "Unlocking history through automated virtual unfolding of sealed documents imaged b...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, History, Mit, Museums, Language, Innovation, Literature, King, The Hague, Mary, Daniel, Nature Communications, King s College, EECS


The Humidifier Gets a Revamp, via Canopy

Remember the clunky plastic humidifier that sat by your childhood bed when you were sick? The humidifiers of yore were huge (the size of small inner tubes) and unsightly. They got the job done—but they were difficult to clean and always ran the risk of accumulating mildew and mold. Not to mention nearly impossible to fill up in the bathroom sink and carry to the bedroom. Fortunately, the humble humidifier is the latest in a long list of household wares to get a modern, direct-to-consumer revamp ...
Tags: Cleaning, Books, Japan, London, Sponsored Post, Domestic Science, Utilitarian, Product Discoveries, Sophie Sellu


The Table as a Space Where All Are Welcome: Ajiri Aki on Design

We look to Ajiri Aki as much for romantic table settings as we do a kind of design wisdom. Through her one-woman vintage tableware shop and rental company, Madame de la Maison, there are subtle lessons to be learned: Objects have histories and meaning. Invest in what lasts (and rent one-time-use goods). Always, always use the good china. Born in Nigeria and raised in Austin, Texas, Ajiri earned her Masters in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture at The Bard Graduate Center and w...
Tags: Books, New York, London, France, Nigeria, Austin, Paris, Jamaica, Nissan, BLM, Baz, Provence, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, William Morris, Austin Texas, POC


Mudbelly: ‘The Ceramic Gut of’ Artist Phoebe Collings-James

The hyphen in Phoebe Collings-James is a clue. The Jamaican-British sculptor-painter-DJ-model-muse simply cannot be pigeon-holed into any one identity. She’s worn many creative hats (though one could do away with all the hyphens by simply calling her an artist), and recently she’s added another discipline to her resume: ceramics. Collings-James was first introduced to the clay arts in 2014 as an artist-in-residence in Italy. She continued playing with the medium while living in Brooklyn, eventua...
Tags: Books, London, Brooklyn, Italy, Ceramics, Plates, Pottery, JIMMY JAMES, Art & Decoration, Vases & Bowls, Candle Holders, Phoebe Collings James, Product Discoveries, Collings James, Mudbelly, The Picture Room


When Arthur Conan Doyle responded to the call of a Parsee Lawyer

Shrabani Basu’s latest book is about an unexpected friendship in the 20th century In the village of Great Wyrley near Birmingham, someone is mutilating horses. Someone is also sending threatening letters to the vicarage, where the vicar, Shahpur Edalji, is a Parsi convert to Christianity and the first Indian to have a parish in England. His son George – quiet, socially awkward and the only boy at school with distinctly Indian features – grows up into a successful barrister, till ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Life, Victoria, Arthur Conan Doyle, Birmingham, Anne, George, Abdul, Conan Doyle, Basu, Sarah Megan Thomas, Tabrez Noorani, Victoria Abdul, Shrabani Basu


Bathroom of the Week: Ferren Gipson Upgrades Her London Loo (and Makes Room for the Laundry)

Last month, we spotlighted Ferren Gipson’s Ikea hack kitchen that she designed herself. The existing kitchen had been encumbered by a washer/dryer and giant boiler that needed to be moved elsewhere. That’s what led Ferren to overhaul the bathroom first. An American art historian in London, Ferren finds visual inspiration all over—for the bath, she looked to Victorian public restrooms for design ideas and started sketching plans. Ferren worked with local contractors Palali Construction on the bat...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Sweden, Ikea, Hoover, Tiles, Bathrooms, Bob Vila, Jamison, Arezzo, Remodel & Renovation, Industrial Lighting, Black & White, Ferren, Subway Tiles


HOW DO YOU CARE FOR RIBES SANGUINEUM?

How do you care for Ribes sanguineum? During the late 17th century when I was a pre-horticultural, yet eager, teenager working in a south London garden centre, I had clear memories of block displays of flowering Forsytha x  intermedia cultivars and Ribes sanguineum. Both were early flowering and both would flower strongly on the new wood. By pruning them back to the crown the previous year you ensured nursery stock with top to bottom blooms. Both very eye-catching, both very impressiv...
Tags: Gardening, UK, London, United States, Edward VII, David Douglas, Ribes, Simon Eade, Canada Ribes


Sleek Hardware from Starchitect David Adjaye, Courtesy of Izé

Above: David Adjave, photo via Izé. Most of us will never live in a house designed by David Adjaye, the celebrated London-based architect, but one could add a touch of his aesthetic with his hardware line for Izé: “Adjaye has worked closely with us to create a series of products that take familiar forms and subvert them,” the Izé founders say, “from the ubiquitous language of bent and welded tube to the angular wedge knob.” Here’s a look: Above: The Bathroom Turn in brass (also available in ot...
Tags: Books, London, David Adjaye, Adjaye, Bathroom Hardware, David Adjaye Courtesy of Izé, David Adjave


Chase Away the Gray

It may be dreary in the London borough of Hackney, but House of Hackney is forecasting sunny skies with a collection of floral fabrics that imagine worlds of wondrous vegetation—a fantasia of beauteous blooms and inspired imagination. Flora Fantasia is a good place to start. This vivid print teems with detailed life: verdant, otherworldly forms that pay homage to a book of fantasy flowers from the 1880s. Hortensia is more restrained and orderly—more British, if you will—yet non...
Tags: Books, London, House, Hackney, Van Gogh, Compton, William Morris, Hortensia, House of Hackney, Chase Away the Gray, Flora Fantasia, Hackney The post Chase Away


Currently Coveting: In Casa By Paboy’s Ruffled Cushions

During last summer’s lockdown in Naples, Italy, 28-year-old Paboy Bojang posted his venture’s first message on Instagram: “My name is Paboy, I am an asylum seeker trying to build a future in Europe. I risked my life crossing the deadly desert and the Mediterranean Sea to get here. I used to work at a prestigious majolica workshop called Stingo making tiles and vases but lost my job because the immigration bureaucracy is so bad and I am still waiting for my documents to be renewed. I’ve been wait...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, London, Vogue, Italy, Libya, States, Black Lives Matter, Gambia, Textiles, Financial Times, Alice, Naples, Romantic, Decor


A Paris Pied-à-Terre by Ishka Designs of Brooklyn

Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom of Brooklyn’s Ishka Designs are an international duo–she grew up in Jamaica; he was born in London to Jamaican and Guyanese parents and raised in NYC. But neither had spent much time in Paris before Edouard, a French friend living in Brooklyn, came to them with an intriguing project: His childhood duplex near the Eiffel Tower–in a small late-19th-century building that originated as studios and living quarters for artisans working on the tower–needed editing and an ...
Tags: Books, London, India, Brooklyn, Paris, Apartments, Clarke, Eiffel Tower, Jamaica, Caribbean, Edouard, Bascom, Gardenista, House Call, Designer Visit, Rental Houses


Isaac Newton’s London life: a quiz

Isaac Newton is known as the scientist who discovered gravity, but less well-known are the many years he spent in metropolitan London, and what precisely he got up to in that time…How well do you know the latter part of Newton’s life? Test yourself with this quiz from Patricia Fara, author of Life after Gravity: Isaac Newton’s London Career: Featured image by Luke StackpooleThe post Isaac Newton’s London life: a quiz appeared first on OUPblog.
Tags: Books, London, Featured, History, Gravity, Isaac Newton, British, Newton, Science & Medicine, Quizzes & Polls, Physics & Chemistry, Subtopics, Patricia Fara, Luke StackpooleThe


Reem Kassis: how I brought my Palestinian heritage to the table

The Arabesque Table tells of Kassis’s Palestinian family, while giving a modern twist to such dishes as fatteh, lentil soup and pistachio cakeBefore writing The Arabesque Table, Reem Kassis thought that its predecessor, 2017’s The Palestinian Table, might be her only cookbook. To start with, she didn’t think of herself as a food writer. After she left her home in Jerusalem in 2005, aged 17, she was ambitious, ticking boxes for a fast-track corporate career: a business degree from the University ...
Tags: Food, Books, London, US, Jerusalem, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Middle Eastern food and drink, London School Of Economics, Mckinsey, Kassis, Reem Kassis, Food and drink books


Philip Guston's daughter on his Klan paintings: 'They're about white culpability'

The postponement last year of an exhibition of the artist’s work led to a fraught debate over race and culture. His daughter Musa Mayer fears his complex images are being misrepresentedMusa Mayer has been “holed up” in Woodstock, upstate New York, which she describes as “a liberal community in the midst of Trump land”, since the beginning of lockdown in March of last year. She is staying in a house she inherited from her parents and nearby is a building that was once the art studio of her father...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Boston, Race, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Washington Dc, Exhibitions, Tate Modern, Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Mayer, Teitelbaum, Philip Guston


A Portrait of Ruttie Jinnah That Doesn’t Hold Up

There is much that is debatable and untenable in the new book on Jinnah’s wife. Who goes into history? Who is worthy of a biography? The shakers who change civilisation and our view of the world – the scientists, writers, painters and philosophers. And perhaps more than them, the movers, the captains and the kings and, if we believe Winston Churchill’s contention that behind every man who achieves anything there stands a woman, their consorts and their queens! Article by Farrukh Dhondy | The W...
Tags: Books, London, Life, India, Britain, Islam, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Jesus, Penguin, Shakespeare, Black Lives Matter, Random House, Muhammed Ali, Napoleon, John Keats


Kazuo Ishiguro: 'AI, gene-editing, big data ... I worry we are not in control of these things any more'

The Nobel-winning author talks about scaring Harold Pinter, life after death – and his new novel about an ‘artificial friend’Read an exclusive of extract from Klara and the SunFor the Ishiguro household, 5 October 2017 was a big day. After weeks of discussion, the author’s wife, Lorna, had finally decided to change her hair colour. She was sitting in a Hampstead salon, not far from Golders Green in London, where they have lived for many years, all gowned up, and glanced at her phone. There was a...
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Culture, Harold Pinter, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hampstead, Nobel Prize In Literature, Ishiguro, Lorna, Golders Green, Klara, Shizuko, Nobel Shon


Winter Colour in the Garden

Kaffe Fasset: Well, how do we feel about him? A knitter, embroiderer, patchwork maker, teacher and writer. Famous in the UK, travelled here from California. For many years such craft workers have been predominantly women, (though, small nudge of pride, my father was an embroiderer). Yet Kaffe Fassett is a man who managed to get knitting taken seriously, from a hobby or ‘pastime,’ (that word gives me the horrors) to a craft worthy of a show in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He was an o...
Tags: Garden, Gardening, UK, London, California, Victoria, Charles, Embroidery, Knitting, Winter Gardens, Kaffe Fassett, Winter Interest, Victoria and Albert Museum, Kaffe, Albert Museum London, Defiantly Uncategorical


Review | To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

The first book to make it onto my best books I've read so far this year list was actually a surprise. Thanks to Bridgerton's massive success, Julia Quinn's name is everywhere these days. And I'm chuffed about the whole thing. That said, my Quinn reading up to this point has been sporadic at best. And I'd only read two novels in the actual Bridgerton series. So I decided to rectify that at the beginning of the year by starting with Eloise's story (the fifth in the series) because she is my u...
Tags: Books, London, Romance, Review, Quinn, Anthony, Historical, Penelope, Colin, Phillip, AAR, Eloise, Historical Romance, Beloved Bookshelf, Swoon-worthy, Julia Quinn


Give Me an S

Serpentine. Seductive. Salubrious. Tom Dixon’s iconic S Chair inhabits the very soul of the letter. In one sweeping, swooping gesture Dixon establishes it as a daring feat of industrial design and an audacious expression of sitting. We know this much: the designer conceived S Chair back in the 80s. But his recollections of its generation are a bit hazy: ”honestly, the only memory I have is of drawing a small doodle of a chicken on the back of a napkin and thinking that I could make a ch...
Tags: Books, London, Moma, Dixon, Tom Dixon


Kitchen of the Week: Calamine Pinks in a Converted Barn Kitchen by Plain English

The owner of this Plain English kitchen until recently lived a stone’s throw away, in a farmhouse in rural Suffolk, England, that had been in her husband’s family for nearly a century. Newly widowed and with three children who would soon all be away at university, she decided to downsize without having to uproot: she’s in the process of selling her house to a young family, and has moved with her youngest daughter into new quarters converted from a series of interlocking barns and sheds. She hire...
Tags: Books, London, Etsy, United Kingdom, Ikea, Pink, Aga, Suffolk, Kitchens, Picton, Suffolk England, Barns, Palette & Paints, Kitchen Design, Farrow Ball, Kitchen of the Week


This Is Why You Should Try Bigelow Tea Earl Grey, #1 Earl Grey In The U.S.

You’ve probably heard of Bigelow Tea Earl Grey or seen its silver and blue label next to some of your other go-to flavors at the store. But do you know what is in it or why it’s named the #1 Earl Grey in the United States? Check out all there is to know about this classic and lovely flavor! Made with the best ingredients. At Bigelow, tea is all we do. So all of our teas are made with the best ingredients – and our Earl Grey is no exception. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highli...
Tags: Tea, London, United States, Green Tea, Calabria, Earl Grey, Bigelow, Calabria Italy, Tea Flavor Varieties, Bigelow Tea, Bigelow Teas, Cindi Bigelow, Bigelow Green Tea, Bergamot, Orange Beef, Iced Tea


A game of chess

It was my dad who taught my brother and I to play chess. Old fashioned board games were the games I remember us playing as a family. We had my mum’s old Ludo and Snakes and Ladders sets and honestly, give us a cup and a dice and we’d turn anything into a competition between each other. Even listing the football teams of the day and pitching them against each other with the throw of the dice. Little gamblers in the making so imagine our delight when someone bought us a miniature roulette set com...
Tags: Books, London, India, Netflix, Atlantic, New Zealand, Queen, Cornwall, Devon, All Blacks, Malik, Ludo, Stefan Zweig, Catan, Dovegreyreader, Lloyd Jones


What’s in a surname? The female artists lost to history because they got married

A new biography of the painter Isabel Rawsthorne highlights how talented women have often missed out on the recognition they deservedGenerations of female artists, composers and writers have been lost to history because their names changed after marriage. According to growing academic consensus, the conventional switch of surnames at the altar has erased a key cultural legacy. And the story of the painter and designer Isabel Rawsthorne, told in a new biography, is among the first to make this po...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Marriage, Women, Painting, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Jacob Epstein


The Bad-Tempered Gardener

From the GardenRant Archives This post from 2011 seems to foreshadow Anne Wareham joining GardenRant this year. In it, Amy described Anne “one of us.  She is opinionated, ill-tempered, witty, and slightly crazy.” There’s a lot of hand-wringing going on in the publishing world right now.  The poor economy, the closure of many fine independent bookstores, the rise of ebooks—it’s causing a lot of anguish.  And there are some numbers to back up the anguish:  sales of all print books declined ten p...
Tags: Gardening, UK, London, Telegraph, Amy, Anne, Wareham, Unusually Clever People, Charles Hawes, Anne Wareham, Rant Reviews, Veddw House Garden, Anne Wareham Wareham, Glouchester They, Dear Ms Wareham


Vegan Steak Hearts

Intense and aromatic with white pepper and violet notes, the SUMPAI Pinot Noir stole the show for our main course with barrel-aged aromas of wild berries, vanilla and dried fruit. We used a generous amount to infuse the button mushroom gravy and enjoyed the rest accompanying the heart-shaped vegan steaks, naturally peppered rocket and crispy parmesan potatoes. [Author: Sidetrack London]
Tags: Crafts, London, Sidetrack London, Vegan Steak Hearts


Dark Chocolate Strawberries

Filled with intense fruity aromas including strawberry, cherry and raspberry, the MOLU Pinot Noir was the perfect drink to accompany our Dark Chocolate Strawberries for dessert with a clean finish and hints of vanilla and cinnamon. [Author: Sidetrack London]
Tags: Crafts, London, Sidetrack London, MOLU Pinot Noir


Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tarts

Fruity and elegant with deep violet red and ruby tones, a glass of KUDA Pinot Noir was the perfect wine to start our date. We used a splash to infuse the red onions in the tart bringing out the notes of sun-baked herbs, vanilla and dried fruit of the wine. [Author: Sidetrack London]
Tags: Crafts, London, Sidetrack London, KUDA Pinot Noir


ComingSoon’s 2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

ComingSoon’s 2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide It’s February, which means two things: there’s no excuse for accidentally writing/typing “2020” anymore and Valentine’s Day is upon us. For those of us (or you) lucky enough to have either procured or held on to a significant other or the last year, congratulations. Time to buy them something. But how do you know what gift to get the intrepid spirit in your life? Taking a look at what’s out there would certainly help, that’s why ComingSoon.net is...
Tags: Toys, Comics, Games, Hbo, TV, New York, London, Movies, New York City, Tim Burton, Disney, Los Angeles, Gifts, Valentine's Day, Iron Man, Nicole Kidman


Why Mick Herron’s band of ‘Slow Horses’ spies are more ‘The Office’ than 007

By Jill Lawless Like a spy in the night, writer Mick Herron’s success has been stealthy. It took a while for the world to catch up with him. A decade after he introduced a crew of flawed secret agents caught between sinister plotters and cynical spymasters in the novel “Slow Horses,” Herron is a best-selling, award-winning writer who has been called the heir to master of espionage John le Carré. A seventh novel in his spy series, “Slough House,” is out this week, and a TV adaptation is in produc...
Tags: Apple, Books, London, Sport, European Union, Things To Do, Britain, Soccer, United States, House, Oxford, David Bowie, Diana, Boris Johnson, Associated Press, John Le Carre



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